Thursday, November 26, 2015


'Extra, Extra, Get Your (Healthy) Bananas!'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
Gluten-free diets (excluding gluten protein found in grains) are used to treat celiac, an immune system disease affecting about 1 percent of the population. Celiac is diagnosed by intestinal biopsy. Lately, gluten-free diets have become popular with people who believe it helps with depression or weight... Read more

Bacon! (And health!)

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer got bacon lovers upset with its recent report linking cancer to the consumption of processed meat and red meat. One newspaper columnist asked, “What does cancer study mean for Southern eating habits?” And answered:... Read more

The dangers of wire grill brushes

Friday, July 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
“A 40-year-old woman presented to a local emergency room complaining of throat pain,” the case description begins. “The pain started suddenly while eating chicken breast prepared on a grill, and it worsened with swallowing. She described the pain as constant . . .” We have... Read more

It’s a dog’s life: the growing challenge of pet obesity

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Dogs are an integral part of the American family. Our dogs attend daycare, enjoy visits to the spa, and accompany their families on vacation—sometimes staying in pet-friendly hotels that serve gourmet dog food. Pooches can have dedicated electronic devices; a sizable number have accounts... Read more

World Health Day: Food Safety

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:12 AM
April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is food safety. According to the World Health Organization unsafe food causes approximately 2 million deaths annually worldwide and 23,000 deaths in the United States. Food with contaminants (from bacteria to chemicals) is responsible for more than... Read more

Who needs diets?

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Search for “diet books” on and you’ll get more than 150,000 results. Another website will tell you that an estimated 45 million Americans diet each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a healthy weight site with advice and the USDA's Read more

Food Safety: An interview with Dara Alpert Lieberman

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:00 AM
Food Safety is vital to our public health. According to a recently released report from the US Department of Agriculture, “Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans.” And that’s just one of many foodborne pathogens. I interviewed Dara Alpert... Read more

Ben Franklin’s Treatise on Wind

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
Benjamin Franklin was a man for the ages. His story is a familiar one. Born in Boston in 1706. The youngest of 17 children. Moved to Philadelphia in 1723. He gained fame for his experiments with electricity, and was a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, and scientist. He also was a specialist in another... Read more

Healthy NewsWorks: News that's good for kids!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
In the late 1990s and early 2000s journalists played a critical role in increasing public awareness of the obesity epidemic and related conditions. Initial scientific reports of serious complications of obesity such as type 2 diabetes occurring in children were met with skepticism. But news reports... Read more

Grilling tip: Watch for wire brush bristles in your hot dog

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:49 AM
With the Fourth of July come fireworks, crowds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and The Public’s Health's annual post about the dangers of ingesting wire bristles hot off the grill. Although we hate to cast a pall of threat over the holiday weekend, we figure its best to share information that... Read more
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What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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